Gotta Watch: Extreme demolitions
A tank drives through a house that is set to be demolished.
May 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Extreme demolitions

Ask any little kid. The most fun part of building something is knocking it down, right? One couple found that out firsthand when they demolished their own house.... with a tank. You've Gotta Watch these awesome demolitions.

Tank take-down

This 150-year-old home was set for demolition, so the homeowners decided to rent a tank to tear down their house. Watch the video to see the tank do its thing. Plus, find out where an average homeowner can get his hands on a tank!

A year of implosions

Whether it’s a bridge, a building, or a stadium, we get a guilty pleasure out of seeing a giant structure get blasted to bits. Check out an entire year’s worth of dynamite in this video.

Squashed stadium

In 2010, Texas Stadium was destroyed in seconds to make way for a new home for the Dallas Cowboys. Beyond what it looks like, what it sounds like is amazing.

Man destroys (his own) house

This Ohio man may not have had a tank, but that didn’t stop him. When he found out that his home was going into foreclosure, he drove his truck straight into it. Watch the video to see why his plan didn't have a happy ending like the tank folks.

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  1. PEDO BEAR

    "The funnest part of building something..."

    Really?! "Funnest?!" Seriously, who taught these bloggers proper English?

    May 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. WDS

    Nitpick: It is an APC (armored personnel carrier), not a tank. That rent-a-tank company actually DOES have a tank that you can drive but they wisely chose to use their APC for this demolition.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. randy McMahon

    Sorry all.......this is not a tank. This is a M113 Armored Personnel Carrier. Not many of these left in the Army's inventory.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      Randy, that isn't even close to an M-113. It's an FV 432 British APC. BIG diff.

      May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Nice to see there are other military geeks out there. First thing I thought when I saw that video...."that's an APC, not a tank".

    May 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Paul

    It seems sad that no one cared to fix up the oldest home in town.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Burbank

      I agree. I'm a fan of old architecture. From the tar paper outsides, it looks like they at least stripped it of the reusable stuff before they tore it down. There is a good market for old fixtures, door knobs, plaster period ornaments and even the wood with people and decorator types that specialize in restorations. Even bits of old wallpaper to copy for period restorations are useful.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fish

    If you start all the videos at once; then pause them after the commercial is over, you can come back and watch them all and skip the commercials... :)

    May 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Burbank

      I jsut shut the sound off so I don't have to listen to them.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Burbank

    The guy that destroyed "his own" house is innaccurate. Until it's paid for it technically belongs to the lending company, so that was vandalism. That's why he got arrested.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Rob G

    Sorry, not an M113, but actually a British FV432 APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier)

    May 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. lantenec

    Forget the demo stuff, I want me a tank! Hellz yeah!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ron D-

    I drove one of those in the California Army National Guard, 224th Armored Infantry Brigade, 40th Armored Division, but never got to do anything like that. All the posters are correct, it is NOT what one would call a "tank" but a vehicle to carry an infantry squad. Its only armament was a 50 cal machine gun that could be mounted next to the top cupola which of course, isn't on this vehicle. Its job was to convey infantry across open land. When tanks entered forests, towns or other areas with lots of obstructions where the tanks were very vulnerable to someone approaching on foot since they can't swing the turret or maneuver easily, the infantry would dismount and walk with the tanks.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Phil Johnson

    I wish it had been a tank instead of an armored personnel carrier. How disappointing to expect to see a tank, and instead, see an APC. Signed, former tank platoon sergeant, 2nd Armored Division from the 1960's.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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